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The Drifters

Posted on Mar 19, 2018 in 50s, Atlantic/Stax, Doo-wop, Rhythm & Blues, SOUL

The history of rhythm and blues is filled with vocal groups whose names — the Orioles, the Cadillacs, the Crows, the Flamingos, the Moonglows, the Coasters, the Penguins — are held in reverence by fanatics and devotees. The Drifters are part of an even more exclusive fraternity, as a group that managed to carve out a place for themselves in the R&B firmament and also define that music…

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Posted on Mar 15, 2018 in 90s, ALTERNATIVE, Indie

Emerging during a time in which the majority of up-and-coming British bands were either retro-pop, trip-hop or space rock, Gomez were one of the few to feature bluesy influences. The Southport boys’ debut for Virgin Records, Bring It On, received praise from rock critics on both sides of the Atlantic and received the distinguished Mercury Music Prize…

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Buck Owens

Posted on Mar 10, 2018 in Country, COUNTRY/FOLK

Buck Owens, along with Merle Haggard, was the leader of the Bakersfield sound, a twangy, electricified, rock-influenced interpretation of hardcore honky tonk that emerged in the 60s. Owens was the first bona fide country star to emerge from Bakersfield, scoring a total of 15 consecutive number one hits in the mid-60s…

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The Falcons

Posted on Mar 6, 2018 in 50s, Atlantic/Stax, Doo-wop, Gospel, Northern Soul, Rhythm & Blues, SOUL

Often credited as having cut the first true soul record in 1959 with “You’re So Fine,” a host of ’60s soul stars called themselves Falcons at one time or another, including founder Eddie Floyd, Wilson Pickett, Sir Mack Rice, and 100 Proof Aged in Soul’s Joe Stubbs…

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Patrik Fitzgerald

Posted on Mar 1, 2018 in 70s, ALTERNATIVE, Punk, Singer/Songwriter

Born in London in 1958, singer/songwriter Patrik Fitzgerald ranked among the most memorable of the so-called “punk poets.” He debuted in 1977 with the EP Safety Pin Stuck in My Heart, a collection combining the outrage of punk with a streak of optimism rare for its time and place…

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Johnny Cash

Posted on Feb 25, 2018 in 50s, Country, COUNTRY/FOLK, Gospel, Rockabilly, Singer/Songwriter

Johnny Cash was one of the most imposing and influential figures in post-World War II country music. With his deep, resonant baritone and spare percussive guitar, he had a basic, distinctive sound. Cash didn’t sound like Nashville, nor did he sound like honky tonk or rock & roll. He created his own subgenre…

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The Sugarcubes

Posted on Feb 21, 2018 in 80s, ALTERNATIVE, Indie, Post-punk

  The Sugarcubes (l to r): Einar Örn Benediktsson (vocals/trumpet), Björk Guðmundsdóttir (vocals), Sigtryggur Baldursson (drums), Þór Eldon (guitar), Bragi Ólafsson (bass)     Contributor: John Hartley “To do two things, twice at once It’s so nice Is there a point?” If Hamlet had been Icelandic rather than Danish, then his soliloquy contemplating life and […]

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Joe Dolce

Posted on Feb 17, 2018 in 80s, Humour, Singer/Songwriter

Born 1947, Painesville, Ohio, USA. Of Italian/American extraction, Joe Dolce was supposedly a member of Headstone Circus aka Sugar Creek, an obscure country rock act which released an album Please Tell A Friend, on Metromedia Records in 1968. By 1974, he was touring the USA east coast, fronting a ‘poetry/rock’ group, but he emigrated to Australia in 1979 where he formed the Joe Dolce Music Theatre, a cabaret-style act, with Dolce himself playing a character known as Giuseppe…

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Johnnie Taylor

Posted on Feb 13, 2018 in Atlantic/Stax, Disco, Gospel, Rhythm & Blues, SOUL

Young gospel phenom, gritty Stax/Volt soulster, lady-killing balladeer, chart-topping disco king, Southern soul-blues stalwart – Johnnie Taylor somehow always managed to adapt to the times, and he parlayed that versatility into a recording career that lasted nearly four decades. Nicknamed the “Philosopher of Soul” during his Stax days…

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Alan Hull

Posted on Feb 9, 2018 in 70s, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Best known as the co-founder, leader, and principal songwriter of the Newcastle folk-based rock band Lindisfarne, Alan Hull also pursued a successful career as a solo performer, specializing in original songs. At one time, amid Lindisfarne’s early successes, Hull was being hailed as the most innovative songwriter since Bob Dylan…

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